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India Lifts Import Restrictions On UK Breeding Stock
The Indian Government has lifted restrictions on the importation of thoroughbred breeding stock from Great Britain. British Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association chairman Kirsten Rausing commented: “The TBA has been working to secure the movement of horses since the restriction was imposed in 1995. This has been a long campaign, but one which stepped up a gear last year. While it was unfortunate that we were unable to welcome Indian buyers to the 2009 Tattersalls December Sales, we now look forward to their return to British sales later this year.” The trade restriction was invoked as a result of a Contagious Equine Metritis outbreak in the UK; while the disease has been eradicated in the UK, isolated cases have been detected in non-thoroughbred horses, usually entering the UK from mainland Europe, many of which are detected whilst in quarantine for onward shipment.